Chalet Le Pînpiolé Chalet Rental in Sixt Fer à Cheval, France

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White Water Rafting

The River Giffre, which runs through the village, is very popular in the Summer for whitewater sports. Nunayak rafting are based right by the river in the centre of the village. They can also arrange Via Ferrata activities.

Hiking

There are quite a few refuges in the mountains around Sixt. A hike up the mountain with an overnight stay and hike back down the next day is a great experience with numerous photo opportunities. Or take a circular route over a couple of days. Here are some ideas:

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Sixt Refuges:
Refuge de Sales
Refuge Alfred Wills
Refuge du Grenairon
Refuge des Fonts
Refuge de la Vogealle

Samoëns Refuges
Refuge de Bostan
Refuge de la Golèse
Refuge du Folly
Le Refuge de Chardonnière

Summer

In summer, hikers have access to the 5 mountain refuges and walkers/ramblers of all abilities will appreciate walking through the spectacular scenery of waterfalls, glaciers, flora and fauna. The 'Cirque du Fer à Cheval', the 'Rouget Waterfall' and the 'Gorges des Tines' are sites of great natural beauty

Whitewater sports

The river Giffre is perfect for white water sports (rafting, hydrospeed, canoraft, canyoning, air-boating). With several starting points along the river, your ride takes you through the centre of the village of Sixt going down-river and then you hit some spectacular thrills as you go through the 'Gorges des Tines'.

Mountain biking (VTT)

Marked circuits for all levels are available. Some circuits are accessible via the Vagnys ski lift and the descent from Fer à Cheval to Samoëns is not to be missed.

Other ski lifts in the Grand Massif are open during the summer period, in Morillon, the Carroz and in Flaine. This gives access to 600km of marked mountain bike trails. Two major events mark the mountain biking calendar every July - the Raid Sizeret is held just before the famous Grand Massif VTTticîme, which takes place on the last weekend in July.

Hiking

With an altitude range going from 750 to 3100m, there are many hiking routes on offer in Sixt Fer à Cheval. Hikes can range from a half day to several days and vary from the easiest to the most difficult routes. Starting from 5 different refuges you have access to some superb climbing treks from high altitude lakes to mountain peaks.

Moving through the eternal snows of the Mont Ruan and the Prazon to the heart of the Sixt Fer à Cheval and Passy Nature Reserves the scenery is forever changing. From the alpine Karst to be found at the 'Désert de Platé' to the many waterfalls to be found in the 'Cirque du Fer à Cheval' and not forgetting the 'Chaîne des Fiz' and the mountain pastures, Sixt Fer à Cheval is a paradise for hikers. It is one of the stages on the famous GR5 (Sixt Fer à Cheval/Chamonix via the Lake and the Col d'Anterne), the Tour des Dents Blanches and Tour du Ruan.

Fishing

Once you have bought your fishing licence, the Haut-Giffre valley offers many opportunities for those wanting to fish the rivers and lakes of the area. A Haute-Savoie fishing guide is available from the tourist office and local sports shops.

Swimming

In Samoëns, Morillon and Les Carroz you can swim in a lake and don't forget Lake Geneva and its beaches are only 50km away.

Climbing

The 'Gorges des Tines' site at the entrance to the village of Sixt Fer à Cheval will please both rock climbing enthusiasts with the rock of Tines and Via Ferrata enthusiasts with the Via Ferrata du Mont.

There is something to suit all climbing abilities in the limestone cliffs of Sixt Fer à Cheval, with several different sectors, the most accessible being the Tines sector. Here, climbers of all levels can enjoy the different routes ranging from 5a to 8a.

The Fonts sector is also open to the public. There is an approach walk of about 15 to 20 minutes and the rock is equipped from 5c to 8b.

For experienced climbers the Dard rock face that is to be found in the direction of the refuge de la Vogealle in a very mountainous environment should provide some good climbs. Several long passages have been opened in this sector which is accessible after an approach walk of about one and a half hours.
The Mont Via Ferrata

The Via Ferrata, which is considered 'quite difficult to difficult' is perched on the Mont rock face. A short climb of about 20 minutes will take you to the start and the via Ferrata which will take you between 2 to 3 hours depending on your level. If you suffer from vertigo you are strongly advised not to attempt this. First timers are recommended to go with a professional guide since special equipment is required and it is essential that you know how to use this equipment.

Potholing

The specific mountain relief to be found in Sixt Fer à Cheval and its surroundings (alpine Karst, caves and chasms) enables both beginners and those more experienced in potholing to explore the underground passages in the area.

Hiking with pack donkeys

For one or several days with or without a guide you can discover a different way of trekking through the mountains - with a pack donkey to carry the baggage and tired young children. This puts the mountains within reach of the whole family.

Horse riding

Horse riding is available in the Cirque de Fer à Cheval, allowing riders of all abilities to enjoy the surrounds. Guided rides are available to the 'fond de la Combe' as well as pony rides for children. These activities for all the family allow you to discover the Cirque in an original and relaxing way.

Paragliding

A few kilometres away experience the thrills of paragliding. With many service providers throughout the Grand Massif, you will be able to discover the valley from the skies. Helicopter trips can also be arranged.